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    September 14, 2012
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liberty mutual insurance -- responsibility. what's your policy? here are some of the photos that stood out from the protests today. protesters started breakdancing to mock riot police. officers were trying to control the crowd of demonstrators, and in pakistan protesters he attempted to cross barbed wire to reach the embassy there. they're calling for the expull shon of the ambassador and other u.s. diplomats. u.s. and israeli flags were burned during gauze wra city. we've been telling you these protests were triggered by a low budget movie ridiculing the prophet muhammad. this hour we are watching
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several countries where active anti-american and anti-western protests are raging. some of the them out of control. this is sudan that you are watching. embassy row in the capital. furious protesters got into the compound of the german embassy. they set fires and tried to smash windows. police managed to break up the riot with tear gas. cairo today saw the fourth straight day of angry mobs fighting against riot police against the american embassy, and in a city's center tahrir square. anything american, government buildings, anything are the target of anger and attacks today. you are about to find out where and where else. let's get straight to it. we go straight to tunisia in northern africa. protesters have breached the u.s. embassy in the capital. they pulled down the u.s. flag, replaced it with a black flag, and you might remember tunisia,
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that is where the arab spring protests first began. we want to bring in our journalist who joins owes the phone from tunis. explain to us what is going on there. have the police been able to stop the protesters? >> reporter: yeah. definitely, it's at the end of the day now in tunis, and the police managed to take control of the situation after a fierce battle between protesters and security forces. tear gas. and other live ammunition. we don't know if there are any deaths. the physical damage around the embassy -- i'm counting now more than 50 cars burned at the
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embassy. there are damages that happened to the building. we could see outside the embassy also riot police cars and also all sorts of things that have been damaged by the protesters. >> was there anybody inside the embassy at the time this was all going on? has anybody been taken to the hospital? >> you can see the whole at the end of the day we show the anti-terror squad, which is the most trained group of the embassy, which was none of this
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is confirmed, but from our own eyes, we could see marines on the roof of observing the situation, but not intervene. >> the last time you and i spoke, you said that they were haunker hunkered down. now you are saying there was a group of marines that were at least watching the situation and perhaps an evacuation force. do we know if they're still hunkered down inside the embassy, or were they taken out to safety? >> excuse me. can you repeat the question? >> sure. do we know if they're still hunkered down inside the u.s. embassy, or have they been taken -- have they left the building and taken to safety? >> that was inside the embassy, the whole -- it happened outside the embassy. the main building of the embassy is untouched. the protesters -- and the parking lot of the embassy which
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did not put ahead of u.s. staff members. >> all right. we're having a little bit of difficulty hearing. we're going to let you go. if you get more information, we'll come right back to you. really appreciate it. want to go to to libya where police have arrested four people in connection with a violent death. the u.s. ambassador and four other than americans are in custody in benghazi. they're being indirectly linked to the rocket attack on the u.s. consulate. i want to talk to jimana in tripoli, the libyan capital west of benghazi. first of all, what do we know about those arrested? >> very little, suzanne, so far. what we understand from libyan officials is that at least one of those arrested is a -- they were detained in benghazi yesterday. we know they are being interrogated to see what role they had in the attack, but according to one sore libyan official today, they may not have been directly linked to the
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attack. they may have ties to the extremist organization that carried out the attack. they have not been charged yet. they are detained and being intrargted acorked to libyan officials, so we should be knowing about this as information is released by the libyan government. >> do we believe these people are really responsible for what took place, or does this look like this is more kind of a show? >> well, quite frankly, suzanne, the libyan government here is under a lot of pressure when it comes to this. not only from the united states, but also from its own people. now, whether these people that are detained are really involved in the attack or have links to this extremist group is something that we'll have to see and see what kind of reaction we see from the extremists too. >> do we have any idea if they're related or affirmative actionated with al qaeda? there's a lot of talk about that yesterday, the possibility that that was the organization. >> not much has been revealed by
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the government by this group, but what we do know, suzanne, is this is not an isolated incident. over the past few months we have seen an uptick in similar attacks targeting western interests. the u.s. consulate itself was targeted in an attack back in june when a bomb detonated outside the embassy. those attacks taken place in benghazi was targeted by a extremist group, it was called the brigades. this is a true al qaeda group. we also do know that there are groups with links direct links to al qaeda that operate in the eastern part of the country. >> what is the security situation on the ground today? do you notice any changes, anything different? >> well, suzanne, definitely following the attack yesterday we saw on the streets of tripoli a real increase in security here in the capital. a lot of gun trucks around some key installations. government buildings in addition to diplomatic missions.
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definitely here the government is on high alert. they are concerned about what attacks might happen next, what these extremist groups could do, but also here on the ground, suzanne, a lot of condemnation today here, friday. we're seeing protests by libyans who have taken out to the streets against what happened saying they're against terrorism and the attack was not representative of the sentiments of the libyan people as a whole to the united states. bodies of the four americans, they're going to arrive back here in the united states within the hour. president obama, secretary of state hillary clinton, they're going to be at andrews air force base with the remains of u.s. ambassador chris stevens and two others are transferred. ambassador stevens died in the country that he served. in a part of the world that his family says he fell in love with. here's anderson cooper. >> rissteins was first sent to
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the state department in 2007. last year he was tasked with the formidable and dangerous assignment. america's point man with rebel forces fighting gadhafi. in the early days i asked chris to be our envoy to the rebel opposition. he arrived on a cargo ship m port of benghazi and began building our relationships with libya's revolutionaries. >> when the fighting stopped and gadhafi was gone, stevens was officially named ambassador to libya. one of the first things he did was create this video with arabic sun titles to reach out to libyans. >> i look forward to exploring the possibilities with you as we work together to build a free democratic prosperous libya. >> reporter: the deaths of stevens and his three colleagues have sent shock waves through the halls of power across the nation and the world. >> i have no doubt that their legacy will live on through the work that they did far from our
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shores and in the hearts of those who love them back home. >> reporter: the president has ordered flags be flown at half staff to honor the fallen. for stevens, libya was the latest in a lifetime of service. after graduating from berkeley, he serbed in the peace corps in morocco teemping english. friends say he fell in love with the middle east. >> he had this extraordinary love of culture, of the food, of the people. he was are regards as something of a hero. he loved them, and he was as loved in return because i think people in the region believed that he really was there with them and fighting with them. >> reporter: he was fluent in arabic and french and served the u.s. in damascus, cairo, riyadh, saudi arabia. stevens made friends everywhere he went. >> ep was welcomed by the people. he visited the libyans. he eat with them. he sit with them. he is very enthusiastic about this relationship. >> reporter: in an e-mail to friends two months ago obtained
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by the "new york times" stevens sounded optimistic about the future of libya. the whole atmosphere has changed for the better, he wrote. people smile more and are much more open with foreigners. americans, french, and british are enjoying unusual popularity. let's hope it lasts. anderson cooper, cnn. here's what we're working on for this hour. thousands stormed the german embassy in sudan and set it on fire. we have a live report from karthoom. we are hearing the man behind the film has sparked many of the protests. maybe a christian from egypt. we'll take a look at the conflict with muslims.
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ffor help finding a plan that's right for you, give unitedhealthcare a call today. muslims feel that -- have given to the streets of khartoum by the thousands. protester have been focussing the rage on the german embassy, even setting fires there. i want to bring in our journalist who is joining us by phone from khartoum. talk about the situation and how it's unfolding there, first of all, in the german embassy. >> reporter: well, protesters left the grand mosque in central khartoum after friday prayers in
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the thousands and marched towards the german embassy, which is in downtown and right next to the british embassy. they were met by police. police at one point fired tear gas. the protesters came in larger numbers. it seems the police may have been overwhelmed. one protester pulled down the german flag, and we saw smoke coming out of the embassy, and in addition to that being filmed at the nearby british embassy. >> has anybody been hurt or taken to the hospital? do we know of any injuries? >> no one from the german embassy staff or the embassy staff has been injured or hurt. today is friday now. it's a weekend. so it wasn't really -- there weren't many staff inside the embassy to begin with. >> why are the sudanese protesters -- why are they angry with the germans? why is it they target them?
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>> well, according to the imam of the grand mosque in central khartoum that a german organization had reprinted the danish consider toon, the infamous danish cartoons and stapled, you know, the copies of the cartoon at mosques in berlin. muslim organizations, according to this imam, had complained to authorities in berlin and not got the answer that they wanted to hear. this is why the protesrs he were angry had he german embassy after protests at the jrman and british embassies, protesters marched on the further outskirts to the u.s. embassy in the lesser number. that was in front of the u.s. embassy. we heard that a few tried to jump into the embassy but were and were unsuccessf i
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that. in the end the police blocked the road leading into the u.s. embassy. protesters had burned tires on the main road nearby, had blocked the street, but were really unsuccessful in getting into the embassy. here we hear people may have been killed run over by sudanese police. police are still waiting to confirm this. sudan will have a statement out shortly, we're told. >> when you get that statement, we'll come right back to you. that's obviously an important development if anybody has died. you say that two of the protesters might have been killed by the sudanese police, and you also said that at least -- it seems as if the u.s. embassy, according to your reports, that the situation it rather stable and no one was hurt will there. we're going to get back to him in a bit. dozens of u.s. marines are now headed to yemen. that is where anti-u.s. protests started. we're going to tell you what
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in city after city across the muslim world protesters are venting anti-american fewerier among an anti-islamic film. it was made in the united states, and initial reports depicted this film as being financed by a group of jewish donors. well, obviously, jewish groups, they are upset about this, especially now we are learning that the film might have been rooted in a religious complex inside of egypt. brian todd has the story. >> reporter: a poorly made film called innocence of muslims, a movie depicting the prophet muhammad as a violent bafoon. it may also reflect growing technologieses between islam and the coptic church, the largest christian church in the middle east. u.s. federal officials believe the man who made the film is nakoula basseley nakoula, who was convicted years ago for bank fraud. the filmmaker also went by the name abab nakoula basseley and
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said he was a coptic christian. the suggestion that cops were involved in the movie inflamed egyptian media. >> islamists use this idea that cops were behind it was apparently affected in drumming up support for those attacks. >> analysts eric and a coptic church official say there's no connection between the coptic church itself and the movie, but the film was promoted by a man who identifies himself as a coptic christian, egyptian born anti-muslim activist morris -- in connection -- sodic said this. >> every muslim knows that he is one of egypt's occupiers. >> reporter: cnn has tried repeatedly and unsuccessfully to reach him. an official with the coptic church here in the u.s. said the church strongly condemn this is film. the church issued a statement calling the movie abusive and part of a malicious campaign to divide people. as for sadic, the coptic
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official said the church has no connection to him and doesn't sanction what he says. egypt's coptic church is roughly 2,000 years old. coptic christians make up almost 10% of egypt's population and there's a long history of animosity between them and radical muslim groups. the bombing of a christian church in alexandria last year killed at least 21 people, another two dozen coptic christians and their supporters were killed last fall in clashes with the egyptian army. >> how far back does this tension go, and what's the reason for it? >> the reason for the tension is really due to the violence that cops have experienced both under the previous regime and since that regime collapsed and i think that that has really fuelled mistrust. >> reporter: he says it's estimated about 100,000 cops have tried to leave egypt since the revolution last year. brian todd, cnn, washington. cnn's belief blog co-editor. eric, tell us about what this means here. put this into context for us, the fact that now we believe the filmmaker is a coptic christian.
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does that have any real weight here? >> yes. suzanne, a lot of coptic christians here in the united states have emigrated from egypt where we heard in brian's package there just a minute ago, is really the origin and the scene of the church and goes all the way back to 43 a.d. where they believe the apostle rob brought christianity to he jipt. there is the flight of the holy family shortly after jesus' birth. they fled to egypt to inherit and put out an execution order for all the jewish boys under the age of 2. there's strong ties to egypt there in alexandria. of course, cops have this long tension between muslims and bitter and especially since the arab spring after we saw a church bombing in alexandria and, of course, during clashes with egyptian security forces last year about 21 people, copts and their supporters were killed. >> eric, how large is the community here in the united states? >> here in the united states it's relatively small, but
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extremely close knit. you have about 90 to 95,000 coptic christians. it's a branch of the orthodoxed church and that big broad community of christians. still, the coptic group within that orthodoxed branch, extremely small, but very, very close nift. oftentimes you'll see coptic families staying at church all day on sunday for a long service that includes an extensive liturgy and an ornate worship space and joining together for family time and communal meals as well. >> and, eric, clearly the jewish community very upset that they were initially blamed for this film, for this offensive film. how is the coptic church reacting today? >> yeah. we heard last night the adl, the anti-defamiliaration league put out some real strong statements reminding folks that jewish folks we notfilm. likewise, we saw the holy sined put out a strongly worded statement on wednesday pushing back from the film saying that
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it was wrong on every level, including financing it and distancing themselves from it about as far as you could go, and they said anyone who is a part of this film who belonged to their church should be severely punished within church rules because this was so outside of what they believe in the mainstream in terms of going after and targeting another religion in a derogatory way like we saw with this film. >> eric, thank you. really appreciate it. dozens of u.s. marines are now headed yemen where anti-u.s. protests have started. we'll tell you what message their presence sends to countries with u.s. embassies around the world. imagine living your life with less chronic low back pain. imagine you, with less pain. cymbalta can help. cymbalta is fda-approved to manage chronic musculoskeletal pain. one non-narcotic pill a day, every day, can help reduce this pain. tell your doctor right away if your mood worsens, you have unusual changes in mood or behavior or thoughts of suicide. antidepressants can increase these in children, teens, and young adults. cymbalta is not approved for children under 18.
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president obama, vice president biden, secretary of state hillary clinton and defense secretary leon pinedda will receive the remains. the u.s. is anxious to find out whether the militant group planned the attack at the consulate in benghazi, libya, and also they're determined to
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bring these killers to justice. pentagon correspondent barbara starr is joining us. barbara, first of all, we do know that there have been arrests made. at least four people who are being detained. do we know anything about them, and how is the united states, the pentagon, and the military involved in this investigation? >> well, a full-blown investigation underway now, suzanne. as for those arrested in lib yashgs even though libyans are saying they may not have been directly involved in the attack, perhaps they know something about it so the u.s. is going to want to find out everything those people have to say, but the investigation underway also here across the u.s. government agency, cia, director david petraeus on capitol hill this morning briefing congress about some of the latest developments. nobody speaking officially about it, but afterwards senator john mccain came out and offered some riveting detail. >> i know very well there were
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demonstrations, that there was a group of either al qaeda or some radical islams who about 15 of them armed with rpg's and other lethal weapons sees this opportunity to attack our consulate, and it was an act of terror. it wasn't a mob getting out of control. we should understand that. this was a calculated act of terror on the part of a small group of jihadists. en a mob that somehow attacked and sacked out embassy. >> a calculated attack by terrorists according to senator mccain. that's one of the key questions right now. how preplanned was this? had it already been in the works? could it really have been spontaneous from a demonstration outside the consulate with so many people involved that appeared to be so well armed and able to carry out this very complex attack? it does seem that there might be
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growing evidence that this was something planned and that there were militant groups responsible for it, suzanne. >> barbara, we know that obviously one of the jobs ahead as to investigate, but we also know, too, that there are four people who have lost their lives in that attack and there is an appropriate time to recognize that. can you tell us a little bit about the ceremony that is going to take place this afternoon in bringing them home? >> well, it will be something very much with the families in mind, suzanne. it is our understanding that what we will all see is a ceremony inside a hangar at joint base andrews here in the washington d.c. area. the president will be there. the vice president. the families will be there, but there will be no photography of the families who are obviously very much grieving for their loved ones. their privacy will be respected completely. we will hear the president. we will hear the secretary of state and perhaps others offer
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their thoughts at this time. this, if you will, is family business. whether it's the military or diplomats, when there are fallen, the families come together along with the state department and the pentagon and that is what we will see. >> all right. barbara starr, thank you very much. really appreciate it. new polls show president obama gaining ground on mitt romney in three states now. and commitment is not limited to one's military oath. the same set of values that drive our nation's military are the ones we used to build usaa bank. with our award winning apps that allow you to transfer funds, pay bills or manage your finances anywhere, anytime. so that wherever your duty takes you, usaa bank goes with you. visit us online to learn what makes our bank so different.
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republican vice presidential nominee paul ryan went on the
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offensive today delivering a scathing critique of president obama's foreign policy. he was speaking at a conservative values voter summit in washington. here's what he said. >> look across that region today, and what do we see? the slaughter of brave dissidents in syria, mobs storming american embassies and consulates. iran four years closer to gaining a nuclear weapon. israel, our best ally in the region, treated with indifference bordering on contempt by the obama administration. amid all these threats and dangers, what we do not see is steady, consistent american leadership in the days ahead and in the years ahead american foreign policy needs moral clarity and firmness of purpose. >> paul steinhauser is joining from washington. we know that the romney campaign received a lot of criticism, not just from democrats, but within their own party.
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peggy noonan saying romney's response to these attacks and these pretests across across the middle east, it was pretty why are sticking with foreign policy here? what's the strategy behind this? >> yeah, and you heard paul ryan just say that at that speech at the values voter summit. you heard mitt romney saying sim already sxhents at a fundraiser in new york and a surrogate on you are on own area earlier this morning on "starting points." maybe they're trying to change the narrative away from what we've seen and that narrative over the last week coming out of the democratic convention seems to favor the democrats and president obama so, maybe this is a way to capitalize on a major international event. i mean, this economy, this race is all about the economy, but, listen, the campaign does not live in a vacuum. campaigns, we all react to the news, and the news right now is foreign policy and overseas events. maybe this is one of the reasons why the romney campaign is doing that, and it also, suzanne, fits into their narrative, and we've heard this from mitt romney way before this incident that he believes that the president is when it comes to foreign policy, not a strong leader, and that the president apologizes for
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u.s. actions. again, that's what they're emphasizing. of course, the president and his campaign disagree. >> how are the voters responding to this? how are they weighing in on this? are there new polls? >> yeah, we have new polls out, but, unfortunately, the polls were conducted pretty much before this level started. we can talk about the polls, but we can't measure what they think about this policy? we'll see that in polls next week, but as for the polls, take a look at this. i'm glad you asked. take a look at this from nbc and the "wall street journal". these are state polls. the battle for the white house is a battle for the states. these numbers out last night seem to favor the president. seven-point lead for the president in the battleground state of ohio and five-point advantages in two other battleground states, florida and virginia. i'll say other voting shows it closer. these nbc marris polls do not. this is michigan. i want you to see michigan as well. epic mra coming out yesterday showing a ten-point lead for the president in a state where mitt romney grew up, and maybe the oil bailouts, which you saw -- you were there in charlotte with me. they were emphasizing the auto
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bailouts. maybe that's having an affect in michigan, suzanne. >> we saw the former governor deliver that speech as well on the convention floor. no one could forget that. tell us about the preparation. we know that mitt romney was asked about his preparation for the debate with president obama, and here's how he described what he is doing. >> the challenge that i'll have in the debate is that the president tends to -- how shall i say it -- say things that aren't true and attacking his opponents. i've looked at prior debates and in that kind of case it's difficult to say, well, am i going to spend my time correcting things that aren't quite accurate, or am i going to spend my time talking about the things i want to talk about? . >> we know that rod portman is the one portraying president obama in these debate practices. what do we expect to hear from the romney campaign? more of the same in terms of what is he talking about? is. >> sounds like we have a debate over the debates already.
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we're less than three weeks away, but you're seeing mitt romney trying to lay the ground work right now with those kind of comments. i reached out to the obama campaign and they're not biting on those comments, it seems. you know, suz aern, the debates are the next big thing. the neck thing that could move the dial on these polls. the conventions were one big thing. the debates are next. as you mention, both sides really prepping, ramping up their debate prep, and i think we're going to hear more of this kind of talk between now and october 30th. that's when the first debate is, and let's give a plug to our cabbedy crowley. she's going to moderate the second debate. >> thank you. have a good weekend. chicago's teacher strike could end today. the school board president says there is progress in getting the 350,000 students back in class. we're going to have an update on the negotiations. >> well, today on health expert we're going to talk about what you need to know if you are buying a new home. joining us is ryan and donna. take a listen to this question. >> what percentage of the house
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value is a down payment have to be? >> and he was talking about on an apartment, so, i mean, it's sure a lot more today than it was in 2006. >> that's right. lenders are boosting -- making the requirements stricter for everyone, and, well, it's not written in stone exactly what you need, but if you put more down, say 20%, you're going to get a lower interest rate, which is important, and you're also more likely to qualify because you're going to have i abigger down payment to put down, and if he is buying an apartment, it's typically a condo, and when i was talking with some real estate agents about what is the best rate you can get for buying a condo, they said it was really 20% to 25%. that's because it's not just about your own credit history, but the health of the condo association, which has to be reviewed as well. >> all right. >> it's a very important thing for individuals to say if you are renting right now, act as if you own that home. i think cnn money has a great calculator of how much home you can afford. take that, figure out the mortgage payment that you would be paying. if your rent is $800 and your mortgage is $1,200, then take that $400 and start saving and
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chicago students. teach rerz on strike in a dispute over pay and teacher evaluations. both sides now say that perhaps a deal is close. we want to bring in chris welch, who is in chicago. what's the update, chris? how soon are kids going to get back in class? >> well, you know, officials and folks, parents, teachers on both sides of this issue hoping they can make that first day back in school monday. whether that will happen or not, though, remains to be seen. though i have to say, you know, the first few days of negotiations here were pretty tense. you know, folks at the end of the day saying we don't have a deal yet. we're not close. it was more on the union side saying we're not close to a deal. yesterday, though, things changed. that tone changed, and today they're still saying we're close to a deal. now, if they can come to some type of agreement this morning, suzanne, they will meet here at the union hall behind mre me, and the delegates of the teachers union will ratify some type of deal, pug the kids back in school monday. now, the tone today, much more optimistic. i want to give you a listen to
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what barbara bird bennett, here's what she said going into negotiations this morning. >> we believe, i think, concur with ctu that it was a beneficial night. i think we moved closer. everyone is incredibly tired, but we are so close that i do believe on this sunshiny day that it's very possible that we will have an agreement. >> and president of the union side of things, karen lewis saying things similar to that. we're tired. they've been at it. they were out until about 1:00 a.m. in negotiations last night. they started back up again today. suzanne. >> and, chris, what's the sticking point, real quick? >> well, they've been -- the issues that they've been focussing on for the last few days really are teacher evaluations. the pay issue is more or less resolved. we think at this point. knee been dealing with teacher issues and the ability -- the teachers union wants the ability to rehire teachers that have
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been laid off. those are two key issues for this debate. >> all right, chris. thanks. we'll probably see you on monday. see how this all turns out. appreciate it. new york city banned large cups of soda in theaters and rest raubts, but the mayor insists the city is not limiting options for new yorkers. [ male announcer ] if you stash tissues
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restaurants and movie theaters, the size cup that they can use. we are limiting how much you can take in a container, but nobody is saying you can't have multiple container and the same sense that nobody is saying you can't go and buy a pack of cigarettes. >> you can catch the whole exclusive interview this weekend on "sanja gupta md." benernanke announced a third round of stimulus yesterday. that bum pd up stocks to levels we haven't seen since 2007. the bond buying program has been tried twice before. what are the chances it is going to work this time around? mary bell avery is joining us from new york. stock markets jumped on the announcement. the question is about the jobs. will it really help with jobs? >> hi, suzanne. that's the big question there. you said it earlier, the fed tried this twice before and unemployment has above 8%. supporters will argue, imagine where we would be if the fed
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hadn't stepped in previously. central bank's own projections are for unemployment to remain around 8% for the rest of the year and not fall below 6% for another four years. bernanke himself acknowledged yesterday this new dose of stimulus can help, but it isn't a panacea. >> i want to be clear while i think we can make a meaningful and significant contribution to the problem to reducing this problem, we can't solve it. we don't have tools that are strong enough to solve the unemployment problem. >> and why not? because unemployment is too high. it is too big of a problem and, you know what, the fed can't fix it alone, suzanne. >> the fed says it can't do it alone. what kind of pressure is bernanke putting on congress? >> he's definitely trying to hold lawmakers accountable. yesterday, bernanke reiterated his concern about the fiscal cliff. that's the huge tax increases and spending cuts scheduled to take effect after january 1st and the congressional budget office said going over the cliff could cost 2 billion jobs and also push the economy into
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recession. bernanke says if lawmakers don't find a solution, the fed's tools aren't strong enough to offset that fiscal shock the economy would experience, but as you know, suzanne, it is an election year, and the chances of a deal between congress and the president before that november 6th are very slim. >> not likely. all right. maribel, thank you. the campus of north dakota state university has now been given the all clear. this campus -- in fargo, was evacuated this morning because of a bomb threat. authorities have swept the campus, didn't find anything. so classes are going to resume this afternoon. president obama, he is going to be there when the bods of the four americans killed in libya come home. we're going to bring that event to you live in the next hour. but one dark stormy evening... she needed a good meal and a good family. so we gave her purina cat chow complete. it's the best because it has something for all of our cats!
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the bodies of the four americans killed this week in rocket attack in libya returned today to the united states. president obama and secretary of state hillary clinton will
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oversee the transfer of their remains at joint base andrews in just a few moments. in addition to u.s. ambassador chris stevens, three other men were killed in that attack on the american consulate in benghazi. one of them is a retired navy s.e.a.l., tyrone woods. he served more than 20 years as a s.e.a.l. with multiple tours in iraq and afghanistan. after retiring, he worked as a nurse in his wife's dental practice. sean smith was a computer expert, an air force veteran and was with support and service for ten years. he was married with two children. also killed was former navy s.e.a.l. glen doherty from massachusetts. a private security contractor, he was in libya searching for a shoulder launch antiaircraft missiles, a high u.s. government priority after the fall of moammar gadhafi. >> so deeply saddening, it also makes us aware, though, of the kind of role that people like chris and over the years are
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playing, unsung, but the critical role that they play. >> glen lived his life to the fullest. he was my brother, but if you asked his friends, he was their brother as well. >> i'm sure my son went down fighting. i don't know the ins and outs of it. i haven't been told. but i'm sure he went down fighting. i'm sure he did. i just hope his last moments weren't painful. >> they are now coming home. the transfer of remains, ceremony, scheduled to begin in a few minutes. that at the joint base andrews. president obama, secretary of state clinton and leon panetta will all be there. special coverage begins right now with don lemon. >> thank you very much, suzanne. that is where we're going to begin at this moment. that ceremony is beginning to take place. at this moment, an arrival that all americans would rather not have to happen. the bodies of four of our own coming home right now. the americans killed in an attack on the u.s. consulate in libya now at joint base andrews in maryland. the libyan government now says it believes the americans were
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targets of a plot to divide libya from the united states. and now america mourns for these men. christopher stevens, first ambassador killed in thee of duty in 33 years. he helped to liberate libya last year. tyrone woods, a father of three who spent more than 20 years as a navy s.e.a.l. glen doherty, a former navy s.e.a.l., who was active in a group fighting to keep religious tolerance inside the military. and sean smith, a ten-year veteran of the foreign service management office and a father of two. the men were killed on tuesday night as protesters stormed the consulate in benghazi. libyan officials say four people had been arrested in connection with the violence. but they also stress the suspects are not connected to the acts that led to the deaths of the americans. we're going to continue to follow this ceremony that is about to take place now in washington. we want to go to barbara starr at the pentagon. the president is there, the secretary of state is there, they will be taking part in a
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ceremony at andrews. vice president is there as well as the secretary of defense tell us what is going on at this moment. >> don, all of these people have gathered to pay their respects to the fallen and to the families. we are told when the ceremony begins, it will take place inside a hangar at the andrews base, and we will not see the families on camera. their privacy is being greatly respected at this time, of course. this is -- this is so fresh for them. there will be speeches. there will be a chaplin. but this will be something where it will really be dictated by the privacy wishes of the families. of what we can tell you is there is something quite extraordinary here. in these types of ceremonies that we have seen all too often, generally it is the military, of course, that renders the honors by carrying the casket off the plane. in this case it was the u.s. marines that handled all of this. there were no other service members we're told.
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the marines wanted to do this, of course, because it is marines that protect u.s. embassy personnel around the world including in libya. so it was the marines today that are rendering that final honor by carrying the cases, the transfer cases or caskets if you will off the plane into the hangar for the ceremonies. we may see some of that and especially as they are carried back out again. interesting detail, don, the remains will be flown after this to dover air force base for forensics and autopsy. >> and they're calling it -- that's why they're not calling it a dignified transfer of remains. they're calling it a ceremony to mark the transfer of remains, barbara. >> that's right. there will be another ceremony when it is understood in several hours at dover when they arrive there, perhaps the more traditional ceremony that sadly we have seen so many times over the years as servicemen and women who have fallen in battle have come back.
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and think of it this way, over 6500 u.s. service members have lost their lives in the last 11 years of war. their remains all returned, most of them back through dover air force base in delaware, many times their families are able to travel there to meet the casket as it does come off the plane. this is a ceremony president obama has been there, secretaries of defense have attended, dignitaries have attended. but really in these cases, don, it's the families, you know, the ones who are in such grief and in such mourning. everything is really arranged to try and protect their privacy and yet today one more time we will see what we have seen so often before, whether it is the state department family, the military family, people coming together to pay their respects and to remember. >> and, barbara, stand by. barbara will be helping me with the ceremony today. i want to go to elise labot now.
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i understand you knew the u.s. ambassador to libya, christopher stevens. >> i did. he was one of the first people i met when i came to the state department in 2000 and he was one of the cream of the crop at the state department, one of most popular diplomats, everyone knew him as someone who loved the middle east, loved libya in particular. he first went to libya in 2007 as the u.s. was trying to restore its ties with libya after decades with moammar gadhafi. and then when the conflict happened, the air spring, he was the representative to the rebels, to the transitional government. and so when president obama and secretary clinton were oking for an ambassador to head up the u.s. embassy and represent the u.s. in libya, with this new government there was really no other man for the job, he was really dieing to go back, and, in fact, he was so excited and told friends and colleagues and, in fact, i was at his swearing in, that he was so excited to go back to the country that he loved.
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and he just felt at home there, and he was really fondly remembered here today in the last few days of the state department, don. >> to a person everyone has said nothing but glowing reviews and glowing remarks about christopher stevens, and his commitment to -- not a job for him, this was his career, this was his passion, this is what he loved. the secretary of state, elise, said he loved libya. he loved doing his work there. >> he really -- you know what one of his friends said to me, and a of other people echoed this sentiment, is chris was from northern california, the ambassador studied there, he went to the university of california there, so he had this kind of laid back california exterior and was seen as being laid back, but he was so serious about the work and he had this burning desire to advance the u.s. work in libya, advance the u.s. work in the region. you see in most of these pictures he's smiling, everyone had nice things to say, he was really someone who loved to be social, loved to host, not just
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his friends and american guests, but also host libyans and so i think in the last couple of days, when you've seen fro libya, is that this outpouring of remorse and regret and sorrow from the libyan people, these images about how sorry they are, in f i was some libyan rebel brigade that ended up taking his body to the hospital, and so i think as the u.s. and the state department are mourning the loss of ambassador stevens, i think just as much the libyans are -- feel they're losing a friend and someone who really was trying to help them build anew and rebuild this country after so many years of dictatorship, and this conflict that really tore the country up during e overthrow of moammar gadhafi. >> elise, stand by, because we're waiting for this ceremony to begin. as we stand by for the ceremony at andrews, we're now getting word of a specificute mid prote. hours before the deadly attack in libya.
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investigation and how this is playing out. cnn's suzanne kelly is in washington with information that concerns stemming from an anti-muslim film was related to the embassy in cairo. so those concerns were relayed to the embassy. suzanne, was it a concern also relayed to libya? >> well, we're getting a little bit better picture about just what the intelligence community knew at the time in those days before the benghazi attack. and what we know is that 48 hours before the attack took place, there was an intelligence cable as you mentioned, don, sent to cairo, that did warn about this fact that this film was on the internet, was being seen, and that it was gaining in popularity. so they were kind of watching the trend numbers go right up in terms of how many people are clicking on this and looking ahead and figuring out what might be done. when a cable is sent to cairo, it is disseminated throughout the region. they do communicate with each other. there is reason to believe there are plenty of other people who knew about this and were aware. the intelligence community also, though, a u.s. official came out a little bit earlier today and
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insisted to me that there was no link between -- at the time the cable was sent, there was no link between their concerns over the film and an attack. they're saying absolutely adamantly that this was not a planned attack. these are u.s. officials who are saying this, which is a little bit different from what we have been hearing from members of congress, who have come out on both sides saying we think it is planned, we don't think it was planned. but in terms of the intelligence and what was on the radar at the time, we know there was concern over the film and we know they're adamantly saying there was no intelligence indicating an attack was being planned. >> suzanne kelly, thank you for that bit of information. arwa damon is in benghazi, libya, now. what is the situation there? you've seen the consulate, haven't you? >> reporter: that's right. we were there this morning and it is quite chilling to be standing there in the middle of some of the buildings that have been completely gutted, the walls are burned, everything is covered in black," just
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everything also has been very looted, combed through by a number of people because it wasn't really secured after the incident took place. we were speaking with a security guard who was stationed there at one of the main entrances. the libyan security guards that were effectively the front line of security are actually not armed. they're only carrying radios. and he was talking about how this attack came from three different directions, rocket propelled grenades, grenades, heavy machine gunfire. he eventually ended up trying to run to a secure location, came across -- or was found by a group of these gunmen that attacked the consulate. he said some of them were masked, others had big beards. they threatened him at gunpoint with death because he was an, as he was putting it, protecting the infidels. one of the attackers then did in fact step in, that's how he was able to get away, but all of this really underscoring how volatile this country is. one must also remember this is not the first attack against western interests in benghazi. in the last few months there have been a series of attacks.
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the convoy of the british ambassador, for example, the compound of the icrc attacked its employees forced to evacuate. so what has happened has really brought up a lot of questions, not just about the libyan government's capabilities, when it comes to whether or not they can in fact control these various armed militias that do operate with pretty much a fair amount of impunity, but also as to whether or not the u.s. did perhaps grossly underestimate the threat that existed against them here in libya. >> the president of the united states, arwa, has spoken out saying there is no justification for this type of violence regardless of what may have stemmed it, if it was that film. secretary of state hillary clinton saying the same thing as well. their words, are their words resonating there? >> reporter: their words are not only resonating here, but every single libyan i have spoken to has a message to the united states, to the international community, and most importantly they say to the family members
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of those who were killed in this attack, and that is that this most certainly is not a sentiment that is supported or condoned. these actions, rather, are not condoned by the vast majority of the population. everyone i've spoken to expressing their anguish, their horror, their shock that such violence did in fact take place. all of them, too, now, really putting the onus on their own government to somehow rein in the various armed extremist militias. but the government in and of itself is admitting that at this specific point in time, it quite simply does not have the capabilities to take on these heavily armed pretty well trained elements that are, as i was saying, operating with impunity in the country, especially in the eastern part of it. >> well, you can tell the difference in live shots, not as animated today as they have been in previous days where you are and also in egypt. thank you, arwa damon. stand by, please, for the ceremony. we'll get back to you. as we stand by for the ceremony at andrews, wee get new information on the arrests made
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more developments to tell you about on these deadly attacks in libya.
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joma joma joma jomana karadsheh joins me now. >> they have four individuals in benghazi in custody, who are being interrogated for their possible links to the attack. yesterday, we heard from the country's prime minister telling cnn that at least one of those individuals is a libyan national. today, a senior libyan government official is telling cnn that these individuals may not have taken part in the attack or directly involved in this attack, but they do have links to the extremist group that may have carried out this attack. a little while ago my colleague arwa damon in benghazi did speak with the country's president, the president of the ruling general national congress. he said that now they believe this attack was preplanned, it was carried out by extremist group that was intending to inflict maximum damage on
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western targets, specifically u.s. interests. and the government believes that the intent of this attack was really to drive apart libyans and americans and really sabotage the relations between both countries. >> okay, so then if it is planned then jomana, does that negate, does that cancel out this whole uproar over the film? >> well, i heard from u.s. officials saying that they believe that it may have been used as a cover-up or a diversion to carry out this attack. don, we need to look at this in the context of what has been going on in the eastern part of the country. we know from libyan officials, and from western officials, that there are groups there, extremist groups with ties to al qaeda that are operating there. as arwa mentioned, over recent months, we have seen attacks on western targets there. that same u.s. consulate, a bomb detonated outside the consulate back in june. there were no casualties in that attack.
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and it was claimed by a group that is a pro al qaeda group. so these groups are in the eastern part of the country and have been operating. they're pretty organized at carrying out these complex, sophisticated attacks. it will become clearer in the next few days if they were indeed responsible, but it is looking re and more likely that they were. >> jomana karadsheh, thank you, we appreciate it. we're standing by for the ceremony at joint base andrews that should take place in moments. let's go to the pictures now, matter of fact. you're looking at the ceremony as it begins to take place there and as we have been telling you, the president will take part in this ceremony as well as the secretary of state, hillary clinton. vice president joe biden here, leon panetta, the defense secretary as well. and as barbara starr has been telling us, this is quite a unique ceremony. they have been saying that this is really not a dignified transfer of the remains. the white house wants to make that clear.
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they're saying this is, indeed, a ceremony to mark the transfer of those remains. we will carry it for you live as it is about to get under way right now. let's go to barbara starr now. barbara, again, the white house wanted to be clear about what this ceremony means and, again this is all going to take place in a hangar. the bodies are there, you can see the four coffins there in the hangar, what whis going to happen during the ceremony? >> reporter: we will begin with the national anthem, we're told, a moment of silence, an invocation by a chaplin. the secretary of state, hillary clinton will speak and, of course, the president will speak. i think that no matter, you know, what name you call this ceremony, sadly we have all seen this just too many times, haven't we, where the president becomes essentially whoever the president is at a moment in time tries to bring the nation together by offering respect and remarks to families who are in grief and trying to explain, you
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know, any circumstance of how this all came to be, to offer some comfort to both the families and the nation so that they know that their loved ones are respected and will never be forgotten. we saw it, you know, sadly years ago in the shuttle disasters. we have seen it through all the years of war. we have seen it in major helicopter crashes. we have seen it in terrorist attacks in the past, you know, back in 1998 when the u.s. embassies in kenya and tanzania were bombed, perhaps one of the first times americans came to know about al qaeda. and we are seeing it again. and it is so interesting because, of course, the ambassador, consummate professional diplomat, that was his career, the other three men had served in the u.s. military, two former navy s.e.a.l.s serving with great distinction, serving and having served in both iraq and afghanistan, already having survived the war
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zones. and then moving on to libya, sort of, to serve in the era of the arab spring which had such hope and such promise and in the last few days we have seen it take quite a turn. a lot of hope that it will take another turn and the violence will not continue. i think that's part of what the president has been doing for the last few days as all of this has happened, reaching out to the nations across the region and saying let's get this -- let's not have this go on. >> mm-hmm. and trying to make some sense, if any sense can be made of any of this, barbara, we're getting the information about the libyan government now, saying that they believe the americans were targets in this attack. we want to tell the viewers about who is going to be honored today in this ceremony. barbara, first let's start with christopher stevens, the first ambassador killed in the line of duty in 33 years. and helped to liberate libya just last year. beloved by everyone. also, barbara, tyrone woods, a
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father of three, who spent more than 20 years as a navy s.e.a.l. and then glen doherty, a former navy s.e.a.l. who was active in a group fighting to keep religious tolerance inside the military. and sean smith, ten-year veteran of a foreign services management office and the father of two. of course, killed on thursday -- on tuesday, excuse me, tuesday night as protesters stormed the
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consulate in benghazi. a surprise attack, many believe, but one that -- >> i did actually traveled with him to libya in 2007, don, when he was the u.s. envoy to libya as the u.s. was restoring ties with libya after decades. and he was so excited about the potential for u.s./libyan relations. we traveled to one of the ruins. libya has really beautiful untouched roman ruins and there was really no tourism there. there was nobody there. it was myself, cnn's zain verjee and ambassador stevens walking through these ruins and we were amazed that there was no -- a little kid in a way in terms of his enthusiasm for libya, which was really infectious. when he returned in 2007, excuse me, returned last year to represent the u.s. as an envoy to the transitional government to the rebels, he sailed in as secretary clinton said the other day on a barge, really expeditionary and that's -- he really saw this not just in terms of the work that could go it was dangerous, but he saw it as an adventure and sean smith was there as a tdy at the state department, a temporary
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assignment, he it arrived days before his real assignment in the hague and the other gentlemen, you know, glen doherty working on securing libyan loose weapons, which was so important as the country tried to get back on its feet. and there is just such shock, don. you talked with barbara about the military and how it is used to these types of ceremonies. here at the state department, you hear once and a while about the odd suicide attack of a foreign service officer or contractor might be killed, and it is shocking and upsetting. but this has really rocked the state department. >> it has. pardon the interruption. i want to welcome our viewers from around the world. i'm don lemon. you're watching homecoming ceremony for our four men who died, tragically in the attack on the libyan consulate on tuesday night. the president of the united states, you see, arriving there. you also see the vice president, joe biden arriving and the secretary of state, hillary
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clinton, as well as the u.s. defense secretary leon panetta among other dignitaries that are going to be here honoring these four men who gave their lives in the line of duty, serving their country. this ceremony, of course, will no doubt be a solemn ceremony. we heard the stories about these men, they have left behind families, wives, children, mothers, and all kinds of loved ones who are grieving right now. the president has spoken glowingly about these men as well as the secretary of state, calling them by their nicknames, which their families say that they would rather be called and much of the information about these men, even though they had these really tough secretive jobs in many ways, they also had some very unique experiences. one was a big time gamer. he enjoyed doing that. the other was a personal trainer. and then you heard elise labott talking about the ambassador, how he liked to have fun and he
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was always joking and very jovial. this ceremony is getting under way. it is in washington, d.c. at joint andrews base there. and you see the four coffins up on the stage. this is going to be handled by the u.s. military according to our barbara starr. barbara, if you're there, let's talk a bit more about the ceremony and what we are watching right now. >> reporter: well, this is something really quite extraordinary. this is inside a hangar at andrews. and you see a c-17 there. they came from germany on board this c-17. this is the kind of aircraft for so many years now has brought back the fallen from whatever battlefield they fall on. the marines are the ones that have carried the caskets, the transfer cases, off the plane, are with them right now, and will carry them back to the plane. quite extraordinary, don. marines have a long relationship with the u.s. state department around the world. >> we want to listen in now so
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>> let us pause for a moment of silence. let us pray. gracious god, on behalf of a grateful nation, and of the presence of grieving family members, friends and colleagues, we welcome home for the final time ambassador chris stevens, mr. sean smith, mr. glen doherty, and mr. tyrone woods. we give you thanks for the lives and the selfls rv these men who wanted nothing more than to make a difference in the lives of other people, to bring justice and freedom to
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others, who possessed in their hearts not only character and resolve, but courage and goodwill. we mourn their loss. bless the memories of these men through those who knew and loved them, especially their families for whom we ask your comfort, your divine care, and your peace in this difficult time. on this occasion, we continue to pray for our nation and its leaders. we ask your blessing on all who serve, military and civilian. we pray for our nation's people. we pray for the defeat of the terror and evil that seems to plague our planet. we pray ernestly for peace. and now creator of all, let light perpetual shine upon chris, sean, glen, and tyrone.
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may their souls and the souls of all of the departed throh your eternal mercies rest in peace. amen. you may be seated. ladies and gentlemen, it is my honor to present to you the secretary of state, the honorable hillary rodham clinton. >> thank you very much, chaplin. mr. president, mr. vice president, secretary panetta, ambassador rice, secretary paul, and mrs. paul, family members of the four patriots and heroes we bring home, members of the state department family, ladies and gentlemen, today we bring home
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four americans who gave their lives for our country and our values. to the families of our fallen colleagues, i offer our most heartfelt condolences and deepest gratitude. sean smith joined the state department after six years in the air force. he was respected as an expert on technology by colleagues in pretoria, baghdad, montreal and the hague. he enrolled in correspondence courses at penn state and had high hopes for the future. sean leaves behind a loving wife, heather, two young children, samantha and nathan,
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and scores of grieving family, friends and colleagues. and that's just in this world, because online, in the virtual worlds that sean helped create, he is also being mourned by countless competitors, collaborators, and gamers who shared his passion. tyrone woods, known to most as rone, spent two decades as a navy s.e.a.l., serving multiple tours in iraq and afghanistan. since 2010, he protected american diplomatic personnel in dangerous posts from central america to the middle east. he had the hands of a healer, as
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well as the arms of a warrior, earning distinction as a registered nurse and certified paramedic. our hearts go out to tyrone's wife, dorothy, and his three sons, tyrone jr., hunter, and kai, born just a few months ago, along with his grieving family, friends and colleagues. glen doherty who went by bub was also a former s.e.a.l., and an experienced paramedic. he, too, died as he lived, serving his country and protecting his colleagues. glen deployed to some of the most dangerous places on earth, including iraq and afghanistan, always putting his life on the
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line to safeguard other americans. our thoughts and prayers are with glen's father, bernard, his mother, barbara, his brother gregory, his sister kathleen, and their grieving families, friends and colleagues. i was honored to know ambassador chris stevens. i want to thank his parents and siblings who are here today for sharing chris with us and with our country. what a wonderful gift you gave us. over his distinguished career in the foreign service, chris won friends for the united states in far flung places. he made those people's hopes his own. during the revolution in libya, he risked his life to help protect the libyan people from a
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tyrant. and he gave his life helping them build a better country. people loved to work with chris. and as he rose through the ranks, they loved to work for chris. he was known not only for his courage, but for his smile. goofy, but contagious. for his sense of fun and that california cool. in the days since the attack, so many libyans including the ambassador from libya to the united states who is with us today have expressed their sorrow and solidarity. one young woman, her head covered and her eyes haunted with sadness held up a handwritten sign that said, thugs and killers don't represent benghazi nor islam.
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the president of the palestinian authority who worked closely with chris when he served in jerusalem sent me a letter remembering his energy and integrity, and deploring and, i quote, an act of ugly terror. many others from across the middle east and north africa have offered similar sentiments. this has been a difficult week for the state department and for our country. we have seen the heavy assault on our post in benghazi that took the lives of those brave men. we have seen rage and violence directed at american embassies over an awful internet video that we had nothing to do with. it is hard for the american people to make sense of that
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because it is senseless. and it is totally unacceptable. the people of egypt, libya, yemen, and tunisia did not trade the tyranny of a dictator for the tyranny of a mob. reasonable people and responsible leaders in these countries need to do everything they can to restore security and hold accountable those behind these violent acts. and we will, under the president's leadership, keep taking steps to protect our personnel around the world. there will be more difficult days ahead, but it is important that we don't lose sight of the fundamental fact that america must keep leading the world.
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we owe it to those four men to continue the long, hard work of diplomacy. i am enormously proud of the men and women of the state department. i'm proud of all those across our government, civilian and military alike, who represent america abroad. they help make the united states the greatest force for peace, progress, and human dignity the world has ever known. if the last few days teach us anything, let it be this, that this work, and the men and women who risk their lives to do it, are at the heart of what makes america great and good. so we will wipe away our tears,
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stiffen our spines, and face the future undaunted. and we will do it together, protecting and helping one another, just like sean, tyrone, glen, and chris always did. may god bless them and grant their families peace and solace and may god continue to bless the united states of america. and now, let me have the great honor of introducing someone who came to the state department earlier this week to grieve with us, he well understands and values the work that these men were doing for our country, the
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president of the united states. >> scripture teaches us greater love hath no man than this, but a man lay down his life for his friends. glen doherty never shied from adventure. he believed that in his life he could make a difference, a calling he fulfilled as a navy s.e.a.l. he served with distinction in iraq and worked in afghanistan. and there in benghazi as he tended to others, he laid down his life. loyal as always, protecting his friends.
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today glen is home. tyrone woods devoted 20 years of his life to the s.e.a.l.s. the consummate quiet professional. at the salty frog mar, they may not have known, but he also served in iraq and afghanistan and there in benghazi, he was far from dorothy, tyrone jr., hunter and little kai. and he laid down his life as he would have for them, protecting his friends. and today rone is home. sean smith, it seems, lived to serve, first in the air force, then with you at the state department. he knew the perils of this calling, from his time in
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baghdad and there in benghazi, far from home, he surely thought of heather and samantha and nathan and he laid down his life in service to us all. today sean is home. chris stevens was everything america could want in an ambassador, as the whole country has come to see. how he first went to the region as a young man in the peace corps, how during the revolution he arrived in libya on that cargo ship, how he believed in libya and its people, and how they loved him back. and there in benghazi, he laid down his life for his friends. libyan and american. and for us all. today chris is home.
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four americans, four patriots, they loved this country and they chose to serve it and served it well. they had a mission, and they believed in it. they knew the danger, and they accepted it. they didn't simply embrace the american ideal, they lived it. they embodied it. the courage, the hope and, yes, the idealism. that fundamental american belief that we can leave this world a little better than before. that's who they were. that's who we are. if we want to truly honor their memory, it's who we must always be.
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i know that this awful loss, terrible images of recent days, the pictures we're seeing again today, have caused some to question this work. and there is no- doubt these ar difficult days. in moments such as this, so much anger, violence, even the most hopeful among us must wonder. but amid all the images of this week i also think of the libyans who took to the streets with homemade signs expressing their gratitude to an america who believed in what we could achieve together. i think of the man in benghazi with his sign in english, a message he wanted all of us to hear. it said, chris stevens was a friend to all libyans. chris stevens was a friend. that's the message these four patriots sent. that's the message that each of
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you sends every day, civilians, military, to people in every corner of the world, that america is a friend, that we care not just about our own country, not just about our own interests, but about theirs. that even as voices of suspicion and mistrust seek to divide countries and cultures from one another, the united states of america will never retreat from the world. we will never stop working for the dignity and freedom that every person deserves. whatever their creed, whatever their faith. that's the essence of american leadership. it is the spirit that sets us apart from other nations. this was their work in benghazi. this is the work we will carry out.
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to you, their families and colleagues, to all americans, know this, their sacrifice will never be forgotten. we will bring to justice those who took them from us. we will stand fast against the violence on our diplomatic missions. we will continue to do everything in our power to protect americans serving overseas, whether that means increasing security at our diplomatic posts, working with host countries, which is an obligation to provide security, and making it clear that justice will come to those who harm americans. most of all, even in our grief, we will be resolute, for we are americans. we hold our head high knowing that because of these patriots,
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because of you, this country that we love will always shine as a light unto the world. greater love hath no man than this, a man lay down his life for his friends. the flag they served under now carries them home. may god bless the memory of these men who laid down their lives for us all. may god watch over your families d all o loved them. and may god bless these united states of america. >> before our ben diction, we will stand together for the playing of the national aem as we render honor to the nation that these men loved and for
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♪ ♪ ♪ >> let us pray. almighty god, creator of us all,
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and lover of the human race, we commend to you our brothers chris and seand glen and tyrone into your merciful hands receive them, deliver them from all fear, strengthen them in your pree, andive them your peace. amen. ♪
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